New Options (and Challenges) for Indoor Wireless Coverage

Moderator:

Michael Finneran (President, dBrn Associates)

Panelists:

Justin Blair (Executive Director Business Products, Global Products and Solutions, Verizon)

Joe Martin (VP, Wireless Solution Enablement, Sprint)

Location: Sun D

Date: Thursday, March 15

Time: 9:00am - 10:00am

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Track: Systems Management & Network Design

Hot Topic: Mobility

Vault Recording: TBD

Better wireless coverage is growing more crucial to enterprise workplaces—just at a time when the technology and market dynamics are in flux.

Getting cell phones to work effectively indoors has always been a challenge, but with new building standards like LEED, modern buildings have become virtual Faraday cages—i.e., they create RF conditions that end up blocking out radio signals as effectively as they insulate against heat and cold. The traditional approach has been to implement expensive, custom-designed distributed antenna systems (DAS) with amplifiers, cables and antennas spread throughout the building. Now the carriers are testing a wide variety of solutions, from femtocells to small cells, voice over Wi-Fi and various forms of LTE over unlicensed frequencies (LTE-U), which, in the longer term, could end up wreaking havoc on our internal Wi-Fi networks. In this session, we will talk with representatives of the major enterprise mobile carriers about what indoor coverage technologies they are deploying, for what use cases, and how effective they are finding these, relative to the traditional DAS deployments. You’ll come away with a better understanding of the technology issues and challenges, and how you can overcome them.

KEY QUESTIONS
* Is DAS done?
* What solutions are the carriers finding most useful in specific use cases?
* What frequency bands will they be using, and do those include unlicensed bands like 5-GHz? And what does that mean for my Wi-Fi network?
* Should the more efficient LTE protocols replace legacy Wi-Fi on the unlicensed frequencies?
* How do the carriers plan to keep all of these small cell deployments from interfering with their macro networks?